ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Firefighters in Anaheim demonstrated recently why drivers should avoid parking in front of a fire hydrant.

Anaheim Fire & Rescue posted several pictures Tuesday of a car parked in the red zone in front of a fire hydrant that was needed to battle a blaze across the street.

Both rear windows of the Nissan sedan were broken out, and the fire hose threaded through the car in order to reach the hydrant.

“Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and the towing fees to @AnaheimPD?” the department asked? “@City_of_Anaheim residents please do not park in fire lanes.”

According to the California Vehicle Code, the fine for parking in front of a fire hydrant is $80.

Anaheim Fire & Rescue later said the car was ticketed and towed because the registration was more than six months overdue.

Comments (2)
  1. Bobbie Jo Rocha says:

    Kcal why not investigate the parking nightmare that exists in Anaheim and apparently adding these new Speed Humps and restructuring the parking to be on one side of the street to create more parking. The police could care less, I can tell you that they drive up and down and navigate through the double parked cars and do absolutely nothing!!! They removed handicap paring with this new parking restructuring, but if they would address the number of illegal cars on the street instead of ignoring this then you would not have situations like this. Come to Parklane or Fashion lane and you will see what I mean.

  2. Charles Salzman says:

    Bobbie Jo Rocha: I was thinking the same thing. I checked that block on Google Maps and it is all apartment building with poor parking. Are the costs worth a closer space? Some areas you might be looking at a mile to find an open space.

    And you know the person living there probably can’t afford this added expense.

    You should not block fire hydrants for safety reasons but I wont feel any joy for the added suffering this person will see. The 80 dollar citation is the least of it.

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